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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

Speakers

Nancy Calo
CSPAN Producer
CSPAN 01/29/2014
Calo: Two Norwegian lawmakers say they have jointly nominated former NSA contractor Edward Snowden for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. The socialist lawmakers said earlier today that the public debate on policy changes, in their words, in the wake of Snowden's whistleblowing has contributed to a more stable and peaceful world order.
Dianne Feinstein (quoted)
U.S. Senator (D-CA), Chairman of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN 01/29/2014
And this from Josh Gerstein of Politico, he writes that senate intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein says that she is not aware of any evidence that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was acting on behalf of Russian intelligence. Adding that she has in her words, “no information to that effect and has never seen anything to that effect.”
James Clapper
Director of National Intelligence
CSPAN 01/29/2014
Clapper: I am speaking about the most massive and damaging theft of our intelligence information in our history by Edward Snowden and the ensuing avalanche of revelations published and broadcast around the world. I won’t dwell on the debate about Snowden’s motives or legal standing or on the supreme ironies associated with his choice of freedom loving nations and beacons of free expression from which to rail about what an Orwellian state he thinks this country has become.
James Clapper
Director of National Intelligence
CSPAN 01/29/2014
Clapper: As a consequence the nation is less safe and it’s people less secure. What Snowden has stolen and exposed has gone way beyond his professed concerns with so- called domestic surveillance programs. As a result we’ve lost critical foreign intelligence collection sources including some shared with us by valued partners. Terrorists and other adversaries of this country are going to school on U.S. intelligence sources, methods and tradecraft and the insights that they are gaining are making our job much much harder. This includes putting the lives of members or assets of the intelligence community at risk as well as our armed forces, diplomats, and our citizens. We are beginning to see changes in the communications behavior of adversaries which you alluded to particularly terrorists, a disturbing trend which I anticipate will continue.
James Clapper
Director of National Intelligence
CSPAN 01/29/2014
Clapper: Snowden claims that he’s won and that his mission is accomplished. If that is so I call on him and his accomplices facilitate the return of the remaining stolen documents that have not yet been exposed to prevent even more damage to U.S. security.
James Clapper
Director of National Intelligence
CSPAN 01/29/2014
Clapper: the major take away for us, certainly for me, from the past several months is we must lean in the direction of transparency wherever and whenever we can. With greater transparency about these programs, the American people may be more likely to accept them. The President set the tone and direction for us in his speech as well as in his landmark presidential policy directive. A major hallmark of which is transparency. I have specific tasking In conjunction with the Attorney General to conduct further declassification to develop additional protections under section 702 of the FISA Act to modify how we conduct bulk collection of telephone metadata under section 215 of the Patriot Act and to ensure more oversight of sensitive collection activities. We will need your support in making these changes. Through all of this, we must and will sustain our professional tradecraft and integrity. We must continue to protect our crown jewel sources and methods…
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN 01/29/2014
Wyden: The men and women of America’s intelligence agencies are overwhelmingly dedicated professionals. And they deserve to have leadership that is trusted by the American people. Unfortunately, that trust has been seriously undermined by senior officials reckless reliance on secret interpretations of the law and battered by years of misleading and deceptive statements that senior officials made to the American people. These statements did not protect sources and methods that were useful in fighting terror. Instead, they hit that policy choices and violations of the liberties of the American people. For example, the Director of the NSA said publicly that the NSA doesn't hold data on U.S. citizens. That was obviously untrue.
Ron Wyden
U.S. Senator (D-Oregon), Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN 01/29/2014
Wyden: Justice Department officials testified that section 215 in the Patriot Act is analogous to grand jury subpoenas authority and that deceptive statement was made multiple occasions. Officials also suggest that the NSA doesn't have the authority to read American’s e-mails without a warrant. But the FISA court opinions declassified last August showed that wasn't true either.
Mark Udall
Senator (D-Colorado) Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
CSPAN 01/29/2014
Udall: Let me move to the Snowden disclosures and what I think has been a clearly out lined as trust deficit that exists between the public and the intelligence community. This committee was created to address the severe breach of trust that developed when it was revealed the CIA was conducting unlawful domestic searches. The Church Committee went to work and found that to be true.
John Brennan
Director of the CIA
CSPAN 01/29/2014
Udall: I want to be able to reassure the American people especially given what has been happening that the CIA and the Director understand the limits of their mission and it’s authorities. We all are well aware of Executive Order 12333. That order prohibits the CIA from engaging in domestic spying and searches of U.S. citizens within our borders. Can you assure the committee that the CIA does not conduct such domestic spying and searches? Brennan: I can assure the committee that the CIA follows the letter and the spirit of the law in terms of what CIA’s authorities are in terms of its responsibilities to collect intelligence that will keep this country. Yes, Senator I do.
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